In an upset Ethan Strimling defeated incumbent Mayor Michael Brennan 9,162 votes (51%) to 6,882 (38%). Tom MacMillan finished with 1880 votes (11%). Ethan won with a majority avoiding an instant run off. He will be Portland’s second popularly elected mayor.
The citizen initiative to raise the minimum wage lost 10,992 votes against (58%) to 7,922 votes for (42%). The second district polling places (Reiche Community School and the Portland Expo) sided in favor of this initiative but were out voted by the rest of the city’s districts. The Reiche and Expo polls went 1706 votes in favor (53%) to 1536 against (47%).
The initiative to protect scenic views was also defeated 11,793 citywide votes against (63%) to 7002 votes for (37%). It was likewise defeated at the District 2 polls by similar margins.
In District 1 (Munjoy Hill, East End, Bayside and Old Port) Belinda Ray won the Council seat in a five way race. She received 1206 votes (39%). The closest opponent was Shipyard Brewing attorney Brandon Mazer who received 697 votes (23%).
The at-large Council seat went to long-time incumbent Nick Mavodones with 9,754 votes (63%). He defeated political newcomer and Great Lost Bear employee David Foster (3,153 votes, 21%) and homeless advocate Mathew Coffee (2,476 votes, 16%).
In the School Board races incumbents Jenna Vendil and Sarah Thompson defeated brother and sister immigrants Josephine and Paul Okot, respectively.
Jenna won in District 1 despite a controversial drunk driving incident. Jenna received 1,482 votes (59%) to Josephine’s 1023 votes (41%).
School Board Chair Sarah Thompson won with 10,187 votes (71%) to Paul Okot’s 4,234 votes (29%).
Holly Seeliger ran unopposed in the second district (West End, Parkside, St. John Valley, Oakdale), but for the record she received 2,480 votes (100%).